The AONB Section from Morwenstow to Kilkhampton has superb coastal scenery, with coastal heathland meeting granite cliffs. Secluded and intimate valleys are clothed in broad-leaved woodlands, small hamlets and isolated farmsteads. Morwenstow Church and Hawker’s Hut are distinctive features. Narrow lanes weave up and down the steep valley sides and cross streams on numerous small stone bridges.
BEACHES, BAYS & COVES
This area is served by the bus service between Bude and Barnstaple.
COAST & COUNTRYSIDE
COMMUNITY & TOURIST INFORMATION
This is a very sparsely populated area, but some local news and activities are listed on the Bude Tourist Information website, and Cornwall Council's events booklet available from Tourist Offices.
EVENTS, FESTIVALS & ATTRACTIONS
Other local events in the AONB will be advertised in shops and community buildings or notice boards such as at Woodford, Shop and Stibb. Look out for the Morwenstow Patronal Festival which takes place in June.
HISTORIC SITES & BUILDINGS
The National Trust property at Stowe Barton has particular historic and archaeological importance as the site of the great country house, built in 1679 for John Grenville, first Earl of Bath.
The Hawker’s Hut, just along the coast path from Morwenstow is the smallest building owned by the National Trust, built from driftwood by the eccentric vicar and poet Robert Stephen Hawker 1803-1875.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Devon Wildlife Trust jointly manage the Marsland Valley Nature Reserve, which can be accessed from the Cornwall side of the valley at Gooseham Mill or from the entrance to the north of Marsland Manor.
The whole of the coastal strip in this part of the AONB is designated as a European candidate Special Area of Conservation.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
WALKS & CYCLE PATHS